Children whose parents are actively involved in managing their eczema see greater results, a new survey commissioned by Epaderm and carried out in partnership with talkhealth has revealed.

The survey – which followed 200 children with eczema over the course of 12 months. Parents were urged to use an ‘Eczema Tracker’ to measure their child’s emotional and physical journey, as well as report on treatment choices made throughout the year.

A positive result of the study was improvement in awareness of their child’s skin condition.

By the end of the year, more than 60% of parents reported that close monitoring had a positive impact on their child’s eczema. When considering treatment, almost all of those surveyed (94%) understood the importance of checking the ingredients of the emollients they used on their child’s skin to reduce any additional irritation. A third of parents (35%) could name specific ingredients they avoid, including perfume and sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS).

The survey announcement coincides with the launch of Epaderm Junior; a new emollient specifically developed by dermatologists for the management of dry skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis, and designed to be suitable for children’s delicate ski.
Epaderm Junior is free from fragrance, colouring and SLS.

The study also showed that parents who used the ‘Eczema Tracker’ became more experienced in what worked best for their children, with 82% finding the process helpful and 99% recommending it for other parents.

Karen Pett, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Paediatric Dermatology at West Hertfordshire NHS Trust, said: “One in five children in the UK have eczema and this study shows that parents who track their child’s skin are becoming more informed on what treatment regime works best. Choosing an emollient that is gentle on delicate skin, as well as being free from SLS and perfumes is important for parents committed to effectively managing their child’s eczema.”

The Epaderm Junior range is now available in Boots.